Next year, the chairmanship of the Eurasian Economic Union is moving from Belarus to Kazakhstan, as confirmed during the recent Moscow-based regular enlarged meeting of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council and reported by the media. According to Belorussian President Alexander Lukashenko, the agenda of the day was very eventful.
Lukashenko said, “A number of issues have been discussed in a narrow circle. From January 1, there comes into force the agreement between the European Union and Ukraine on a free trade zone. Thus, the CIS free trade zone is facing a serious situation. We all have certain concerns in this regard. In the first quarter of 2015, we made the decision, and now we are examining and considering a number of issues. Also, in six months, we plan to fully switch to electronic declaration of all goods moving within the EEU."
In his words, the question of Kazakhstan's accession to the WTO was also addressed during the meeting. Lukashenko said, “There are some points that need to be discussed. Most likely, such a discussion will be held in Kazakhstan, because it's where the presidency goes now."
Speaking after the Belorussian President, head of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev thanked Alexander Lukashenko for his work as chairman of the EEU.
He said, “In 2016, Kazakhstan will assume the presidency in the Supreme Intergovernmental Council of Belarus. We attach crucial importance to the activities of the Eurasian Economic Union, since this union has the economic potential necessary for full-fledged development of our countries. Given all the volatility in global economic conditions, we understand that the next year will be difficult, and we will work under special conditions."